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GERMAN football legend Felix Magath has bought one per cent of Rangers and outlined his vision for the footballing future of the cash-strapped club.


Record Sport can reveal the former Bayern Munich boss has emerged as a major and serious player following talks over the last week with influential figures around Ibrox.


Magath has spoken with one of the groups battling for control of the club - not American Robert Sarver - and, if all goes well, could become Technical Director at Murray Park by the summer.


German sources last night confirmed Magath’s involvement but, amazingly, he did not let on about his shares purchase before sitting down for discussions with the Rangers group.


Magath, most recently in charge at Fulham , has been watching the Rangers story unfold with some dismay over the last three years and decided to take a personal stake in the club towards the end of last year - city sources suggest it was around one per cent.


He has long admired Rangers and believes they are a massive club who are ready to come good again, with the right guidance from the boardroom the training ground.


He invested a chunk of his own wealth backing his belief that the only way for the club is up - and now he may be handed a chance to influence its future.


It’s believed Magath impressed in talks as he outlined a vision that will completely restructure the club’s playing department from top to bottom.


The 61-year-old has no desire to become first-team coach, but is ready to demand autonomy in putting in a structure from youth level upwards that will give the club the best chance of returning to the top, with a strong focus on developing talent.


It will be based on the German model, with a focus on work ethic, technique and technical ability, underpinned by a proper European and worldwide scouting system.


Magath believes he is the man to oversee it all, and reckons Murray Park is an ideal environment in which to develop younger, talented players after spending part of his pre-season training camp at the facility with Fulham last summer.


Magath’s spell at Fulham may not have ended successfully but he has many admirers, not least in Germany where his way of guiding clubs was always successful, so long as coaches and his board went with his way of thinking


From Hamburg to Nürnberg, to Bremen to Frankfurt he has won a reputation for stabilising and building successful structures and at Stuttgart he developed players such as Kevin Kuranyi, Philipp Lahm, Mario Gomez and Alex Hleb.


He left Stuttgart for Bayern Munich and won the double twice in a row, but arguably his greatest achievement came seven years ago at Wolfsburg.


They avoided relegation on the last day of the season in 2007, but the following year he took them to fifth and in 2009 won the title, earning the club a fortune in the process with the development of players such as Edin Dzeko, Zvjezdan Misimovic and Brazilian striker Grafite.


He left the club the following season for Schalke 04 and his restructuring paid off immediately when they came second after finishing ninth the season before.


He led them to the German cup final and the quarter-final of the Champions League but was still fired by the board in 2011 after a dispute over his methods.


One German source said: “Felix does not care about names – he focuses only on performance and attitude, whether it is a star, an established player or a youngster. This is why he brought out so many young or unknown players.”


Now he could be ready to weave his magic again as the Godfather of Govan in what would be one of the boldest and most audacious appointments in the history of the Scottish game.



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[h=1]Rangers: Felix Magath has bought 1% of the Ibrox club[/h]_74284950_img_1624.jpgBy Richard WilsonBBC Scotland

Former Bayern Munich manager Felix Magath has bought around a 1% stake in Rangers International Football Club.

He purchased the shares late last year, and has held discussions with one of the groups vying for control of the club, but it is not Robert Sarver.

Magath has no ambition to succeed Ally McCoist as Rangers manager, but does want to rebuild the club's football infrastructure as technical director.

The German's last job was as manager of English Championship side Fulham.

The 61-year-old was sacked by the London club in September after a poor start to the season.

He still, however, remains widely admired in Germany for his work at several clubs, having won the Bundesliga title twice while in charge of Bayern and once as boss of Wolfsburg.

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Is the article suggesting that he has spoken to either King and/or the Three Bears group or is this more likely to be a conversation he has had with Ashley and therefore some more spin?


Could it be that "one of the groups battling for control of the club" could also be read as "one of the groups battling to keep control of the club" and therefore more 'Jack shit'? I could be wrong but isn't Richard Wilson's article word for word with that of the Daily Record pretty much i.e. handed on a plate by some spin doctor?

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